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What Sun Was Trying to Do with Open Solaris

Apr 25, 2008, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ted T'so)

"I was recently checking to see what, if any follow-up there had been from Sun's ham-handed handling of the Open Solaris Trademark, and I ran across this very interesting comment from John Plocher's Candidate Statement for the Open Solaris Governing Board:

"'I also think there was a misunderstanding about what Sun desired when it launched the community (in part) to encourage developers to adopt and use Solaris. My take is that, while there *is* value in getting more kernel, driver and utility developers contributing to and porting the (open) Solaris operating system, there is significantly *more* value in having a whole undivided ecosystem based on a compatible set of distributions, where application developers, university students, custom distro builders and users are all able to take advantage of each other's work..."

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